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Famous Scots - John Logie Baird (1888-1946)
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Electrical engineer and television pioneer, born in Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, W Scotland, UK. He studied electrical engineering at Glasgow University, later settling in Hastings (1922), where he began research into the possibilities of television. In 1926 he gave the first demonstration of a television image. His 30-line mechanically scanned system was adopted by the BBC in 1929, being superseded in 1936 by his 240-line system. In the following year the BBC chose a rival 405-line system with electronic scanning made by Marconi-EMI. Other lines of research initiated by Baird in the 1920s included radar and infra-red television (Noctovision); he also succeeded in producing three-dimensional and coloured images (1944), as well as projection onto a screen and stereophonic sound.


Logie Baird's Secret WW2 Role Researchers at Strathclyde University have found evidence that John Logie Baird, who invented television in January 1926, was also involved in the development of radar and signalling devices during WW2. The development of radar is usually credited to another Scot, Robert Watson-Watt. Much of the documentation relating to radar is still within secret files but some recently released papers show that Baird and his company worked on secret electronics during the war. The new information is to be published by Strathclyde University on CD-Rom.



The Baird Televisor, Britain, 1930. Britain's first television programming was provided by Baird Studios, and was watched on this type of mechanical receiver, originally engineered by John Logie Baird.
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